Getting off on the right foot at centre saved from closure

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AN ADVICE centre that was under threat of shutting is diversifying.

The Age Concern advice centre in Market Parade, Havant, will be offering a foot care service from September 5.

It is available to anyone over the age of 50 who is finding it difficult to cut their own toenails, but otherwise in good health and not meeting the criteria for NHS chiropody.

As reported, the centre, which is used by hundreds of elderly people, was saved at the 11th hour last year after being handed a £70,000 government grant.

It came after its funding was pulled by Hampshire County Council.

Centre manager Jan Gough said: ‘Our foot care therapists have carried out formal training with Portsmouth City PCT and are able to clip toenails and abrase hard skin.

‘Regular appointments are made so that the therapists are able to monitor the health of the foot and offer advice and refer the client to their GP if any causes for concern are identified.’

She added: ‘The added value of this regular contact with our older clients is the fact that they are in contact with a person interested in the care of the elderly, who would also notice any changes in their general health and wellbeing and be able to signpost appropriately.’

The service will be available weekly on Thursdays and Fridays.

For an appointment telephone (01329) 842481 or (023) 9247 2452 or pop in for a chat at the Centre at 14 Market Parade.